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Machi Kuragi

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Machi Kuragi

Machi Kuragi-2019

Kanji 倉伎 真知
Rōmaji Kuragi Machi
Also known as Chi-chan (by Komaki)
The Destroyer
Description
Gender Female
Age 16-17
Hair Color Dark Grey
Eye Color Brown (Manga)
Grey (Anime)
Professional Status
Occupation Student
Affiliation Kaibara Municipal High School
Sohma Family
Relatives
Parents Unnamed Father
Unnamed Mother
Siblings Kakeru Manabe (Older Half-brother)
Unnamed Younger Brother
Spouse Yuki Sohma (Husband)
Children Mutsuki Sohma (Son)
Extended Family Unnamed Father-in-law
Unnamed Mother-in-law
Ayame Sohma (Brother-in-law)
Komaki Nakao (Sister-in-law)
Michi Manabe (Niece)
Kou Manabe (Nephew)
Debut
Manga Chapter 42 (Cameo)
Chapter 49
Anime Episode 25 (Cameo)
Season 2, Episode 1
Voice Actors
Japanese Ai Kakuma
Yuki Kaida (Drama CD)
English Caitlin Glass
I never thought I’d be praised. I never thought that day would come. I’m imperfect, warped, defective…and yet here is someone who’s praising me.

—Machi Kuragi

Machi Kuragi (倉伎 真知, Kuragi Machi) is one of the recurring characters of the Fruits Basket series. She is Kakeru Manabe's younger half-sister by their mutual father's wife.

Machi serves as the treasurer of the student council during Yuki Sohma's presidency. She is depicted as a very quiet, nearly emotionless girl with an occasional destructive behavior due to hating anything that is considered too perfect. This stems from her past, as she was immensely pressured by her mother to become perfect in every single aspect, and then thrown away when she was no longer needed.

Unlike most girls at school, she does not see Yuki as a prince, but just as another boy, even seeing him as being lonely. Her different attitude and troubled behavior catch Yuki's eye, and he makes multiple attempts at befriending her. When Yuki acknowledges her and helps her break out of her shell, Machi develops feelings for him and later begins dating him.

In Fruits Basket Another, she is married to Yuki and the mother of Mutsuki Sohma, her son acting as one of the main characters.

Appearance

Machi Full - Anime

Machi's full appearance.

Machi is a fair-skinned teenage girl of average build and height. She has a pair of inward-tilted, emotionless, and brown eyes, and is often seen with an expressionless or blank face. She has straight, light-grey hair that goes right down to the middle of her back and is tucked behind her ears, with two shoulder-length loose strands of her hair laid on her shoulders. Additionally, she occasionally ties two small sections of her hair back into a ponytail, secured with a hairpin. She also has long, slightly messy bangs that cover her entire forehead, and an additional cowlick sticking out from the left side.

Machi is often depicted in the standard naval-styled school uniform, which consists of a white and blue top with a jacket, shin-length black leggings, and a pair of brown loafers. She also wears a blue, knee-length skirt with pleats and ruffles at the hem. This is the outfit she is most commonly seen in, although she is known for wearing long skirts and simple blouses.

Personality

Machi is initially seen to be a very quiet, cold, distant, and nearly emotionless girl. She talks very monotone and rarely speaks up for her own wishes. She also quite agreeable and has great difficulty expressing herself, which sometimes results in her older half-brother Kakeru making decisions for her. For this reason, she is often dragged around by fellow student-council member Kimi Toudou.[1] Machi is also considered to be a lone wolf who has little desire to put in any effort into meaningless disciplines or activities, and only does what she is required to do. At the same time, Machi is incredibly perceptive, as she picks up on things that no one else does, though she never expresses her thoughts. She is also secretive, as there are things about her that she doesn’t want people to learn, and she rarely ever explains her actions to others. This makes her come across as mysterious and frightening to others.[2][3]

This behavior came from her frustration at having to be completely perfect for her mother's sake, and then being brushed aside and put down by the very person she worked so hard for. As a result, Machi developed a hatred towards perfection of all forms and often ends up destroying things that are considered too tidy, such as wrecking the student council room, breaking a new box of chalk, and walking around in circles dozens of times in clean, unblemished snow. Her hatred of tidiness is also reflected by her apartment; she never bothers to throw out the trashbags in her room or clean up her clothes. Because Machi's mother pressured her into dedicating all of her time to win an inheritance battle, Machi also never got the chance to truly discover who she was, which contributed to the loss of her own sense of identity.[3] During her introduction, Machi is unsure of what she likes or what she dislikes, becomes nervous when people try to get to know her, and even has trouble expressing her favorite color. She thinks that her existence is unnecessary in the world and that she isn't outstanding in any way.[4]

However, it is later revealed that Machi is very self-conscious about herself and tries her best to change. She is given a push thanks to Yuki's influence and is eventually able to come into her own identity. She is later seen to have become a very stubborn, straightforward, and outspoken girl with a "tsundere" personality. However, the only person she is violent with is her brother, and in Yuki's presence, she can be quite flustered and rarely admits her true feelings, which is evident by the fact that she once chased Yuki all around the school just because she wanted to say hi but denied this when she caught to him.[5] Despite all such things, however, Machi is a deeply kind and caring, albeit socially awkward and clumsy, girl on the inside, as shown by her desire to help people whenever they are in trouble.[4][3][6]

History

Machi was born to her father's legal wife, while Kakeru was the older child but born illegitimately to their father's former partner. Since their father is very wealthy, their mothers constantly argued over whose child would become the heir to the family fortune. Machi was forced into an inheritance rivalry against Kakeru by her mother since a young age, and thus didn't have time for anything else. Machi was always pressed by her mother to have a perfect personality and a perfect academic record, because she was convinced that her father would reject her otherwise. She would also be punished for anything short of perfection. Machi described these years as feeling like she was under siege and suffocating. Even so, she was desperate to live up to her mother's expectations, but even when she became "perfect", Machi never earned a pat on the back from her mother.

The bitter inheritance rivalry ended when Kakeru and his mother withdrew from the competition, and when Machi's mother bore a son. Machi's mother was pleased to finally have a boy, whom she could name the heir. Additionally, she told her friend that she was disappointed in Machi, since she was very boring, didn't stand out, and that excelling in school couldn't save her plain personality. When Machi argued that she was simply trying to live up to her mother's expectations and always did what she asked of her, her mother was even further disappointed in Machi, deemed that she had raised Machi in the wrong way, and continued to treat her coldly. This made Machi completely lost, because she didn't know what to do besides being perfect and please her mother.

One day, Machi saw her younger brother laying on the ground and, thinking that he might be cold, was covering him with a blanket. Her mother entered the room and convicted Machi of attempting to kill him, an accusation she did not contest even though it is false. Her parents, believing she resents her younger brother and is a danger to him, quickly threw her out of the house. Machi had no choice but to consent to this, and her parents claimed they did it for Machi, because they thought that it would be more "stress-free" and "better" for her to live apart from her family. She has since lived alone in an apartment. This left Machi heartbroken, leaving her to become quiet, removed from society, and despising anything she considered "perfect." While Kakeru was able to recover, Machi still suffered from the after-effects of it.[4][3]

Story Overview

Fruits Basket

Second Year Arc

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Machi and Kakeru's first appearances.

During Kakeru's second school year, Machi enrolls at the school. At some point, she is appointed as the treasurer of the student council by Makoto Takei, being deemed fit for that position. A short while after Yuki's been appointed as the student council president, Machi and Kakeru pass by him, and while Kakeru seems to take an interest in him, Machi cuts herself off before saying anything about him.[7]

When Yuki sees Machi for the first time, she has trashed the student council room and is surrounded by papers cluttered around the room. Yuki asks if she is okay, but Machi retreats and insists that she is fine. She tells him that she will clean up the mess and thereafter calls for Kakeru who was sleeping in a nearby room. Kakeru then introduces himself and Machi as the new vice-president and treasurer respectively. When Kakeru drags Yuki along outside, he bids farewell to Machi and she continues cleaning up. Later, when Yuki comes back to the student council room, he notes how her method of cleaning up is rather odd. Yuki thereafter tells Tohru Honda how he thinks that both of them weird people.[8]

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Yuki asking Machi about her favorite color.

After summer vacation, Machi attends the first student council meeting, though she doesn't say much.[9] At a later date, during one of the student council meetings, Kakeru starts a discussion about what "colors" everyone would like. Yuki asks Machi what her favorite color is and what color she would like to be, but Machi is shocked to receive such a question and is unable to answer. Then, at Kakeru and Kimi Toudou's request, Yuki starts to call her "Machi" instead of "Kuragi-san".[10]

When Yuki and his class go on a school trip, he asks both Machi and Naohito Sakuragi what they would want as a souvenir. Both of them are unfazed and reply with 'nothing'. Despite this, he brings Machi back a red maple-leaf, which she seems to like.[11]

During the next student council meeting, Yuki and Kakeru witnesses Machi trashing the student council room again. She seems to be very distressed when they enter the room, and Kakeru quickly reassures the rest of the members that he will help Machi clean up. When Yuki and the others return, Kakeru informs that Machi left when he asked her if it was his fault. Yuki wonders about their connection, and Kakeru finally reveals that they are half-siblings.[12] For the following days, Machi is absent from school due to feeling unwell. She later returns to school with Kimi, and she apologizes and swears that she will never do it again. Yuki, however, tells Machi that wording it that way will only put more pressure on her, and that it will not solve any of her problems, and that both sides need to understand why she does things like that, though Machi is unable to answer. At a later time, Machi ends up breaking the student council door with a chair where Yuki was locked up in, because she felt like he might not like being alone and helpless. Yuki gives his thanks to her.[13]

As Yuki's class is preparing for their Sorta Cinderella play, Machi accompanies Mio Yamagishi to prepare for their class event during the school festival and they suddenly run into Yuki. Mio remarks that Yuki would suit much better as the prince in the second year's Sorta Cinderella play as opposed to the Fairy Godmother considering how "princely" he is, and when she asks Machi if she agrees, Machi denies this and remarks that Yuki isn't prince-like at all.[14] Because of these remarks, Machi is later confronted by Yuki's fan club. When they demand to know which way Machi views Yuki, she ends up admitting that she thinks Yuki is air-headed, but most of all, that despite being surrounded by people and despite being called a "prince", he seems to be so very lonely. Before the girls are able to escalate the fight, they are interrupted by Kakeru speaking into the school's microphone. Yuki, who witnessed the entire scene, is in awe by Machi's words.[2]

After a student council meeting, Kimi suggests for all the members to go out together. Yuki invites Machi and even though she is hesitant to accept and tells him that her preferences have nothing to do with him, he explains that he is curious in which way she views the world around her. Yuki then gives Machi the address to the restaurant if she wants to come. Machi later arrives home where she gets a call from her mother, who asks her about her current situation and if she is getting along with Kakeru. Machi's traumas are triggered by this question and she goes silent, to which her mother berates her before hanging up. Machi thinks to herself that she doesn't understand anything about herself and is thus a meaningless existence. She looks at a bookmark and thinks about Yuki, who she knew felt incredibly lonely before, but now looks like he has changed, unlike herself.

Machi accidentally falls asleep and later decides to go the gathering with the others when she wakes up. On her way there, she wonders if she really is needed in the world. Just then, she sees Yuki, who is happily calling out to her. This touches Machi to such an extent that she falls down and drops all of her things. When Yuki helps her pick her things up, he realizes that Machi kept the maple leaf she received from him and turned it into a bookmark. When Yuki thanks her for treasuring his gift, Machi goes red and begins arguing with him in public that she does not like it all, and even attempts to give it back. By the time Kakaeru arrives, they calm down and Yuki comes to realize that Machi's favorite color is red, which touches her. Later, when all members are having a meal at the restaurant, Kakeru mentions that Machi likes "red", prompting her to angrily hit the table.[4]

When the school is preparing for the graduation ceremony, Machi makes a paper flower when she suddenly sees Yuki strolling around at school. She later meets with Yuki after having run around through the whole school, and although initially unwilling to explain why, she admits it's because she saw him and just wanted to say hi. Yuki blushes and is filled with a quiet happiness, and he pats her head as he thanks her. Machi embarrassedly throws the paper flower she made at his face in response.[5]

Yuki, after hearing the truth about Machi's past and her reason for hating things that are too perfect, promised to walk in the snow with her the next time it snowed, a promise Machi was sure he'd keep. When Yuki silently breaks a piece of chalk and thus creates an imperfection in the room during their next student council meeting, Machi is surprised, but appreciates the gesture.[3]

Third Year Arc

Over time, Yuki and Machi grows much closer; such as Machi running visiting Ayame Sohma and Mine Kuramae's shop with Kakeru and Yuki,[15] receiving a Mogeta figurine from Yuki, and discussing their preferred gifts they would like.[16] When Tohru is in the hospital and Yuki needs to reach out to someone, Machi is able to confess to Yuki. They finally realized that they needed one another to be complete.[17]

As Yuki begins realizing his feelings towards Machi, he wanted to tell her about the Sohma Curse and his own history as the Rat. Despite the risks and the fact that he could only hope that she'd would accept him, he also expresses how he wants to be with her forever. At a later date, Yuki calls Machi and asks her to meet him at a certain spot.[18] As Yuki was getting ready to tell Machi the truth, his curse breaks unexpectedly, so he instead embraces and confesses his feelings towards her. Machi asks him if she could call him by his first name, to which Yuki happily consented.[19] They soon become a couple, and they visit Kakeru and his girlfriend Komaki Nakao together.[20]

Epilogue

After Yuki graduates from high school, he gives Machi the key to the apartment he will be staying in while he attends college, so that she can visit him anytime and so that she won't think that he will be unfaithful. When she rejects it, he jokingly attempts to throw it out of the window. This makes Machi flustered and she is forced to embarrassingly accept the key. Machi then expresses that she will be lonely once Yuki moves away to attend college as they will not be able to see one another as often, but she also tells him that she'll catch up to him. Yuki is happy by hearing this and replies that he will wait for her.[21]

The Three Musketeers Arc

Sometime before Yuki's graduation, Machi is shown hand in hand with Yuki while they are on a date. During their date, Yuki gets a phone call from Ayame, where he tells him to "lay down in his eternal slumber", comically distressing Machi.[22]

Fruits Basket Another

Mutsuki's Family

Machi with her family.

At some point, Machi married Yuki, having one son named Mutsuki Sohma between them. Mutsuki mentions that Machi and Yuki are very loving parents, and that they have a family tradition of waking up early whenever the snow would pile up, and then make trails of footprints in the snow. Thereafter, they would have breakfast together as a family.

When Mutsuki entered middle school, Yuki told him about the Sohma family and its former Curse, as well as his own history as the Rat. Mutsuki then expressed how he was glad that he and Machi were his parents, that he is glad that he lives with them, and lastly that their home is the place he always wants to come home to, since it was always fun and warm. Upon hearing this, Yuki broke down in tears and Machi comforted him.[23] This confirms that Machi was told about the curse too.

Silhouette of Kyo, Tohru, Machi and Yuki

Silhouettes of Machi and the others.

Machi is also seen in a memory flashback as silhouettes with Yuki, Kyo, Tohru, and Hajime's unknown younger brother as Mutsuki played with Hajime when they were younger.[24]

As stated by Mutsuki, he lived with his parents in town until he moved from home to attend the school they attended; Kaibara High. Mutsuki mentions that even though their home is very clean now (as opposed to both Yuki and Machi's messy rooms during their teenage years), they have a "secret" that no one knows about. Mutsuki is also very messy and proudly admits that he takes after his parents in that aspect.[25]

Mutsuki also mentions that Machi has faced many hardships, even after so many years. He adds that her parents still tediously tells her off and that the problems surrounding her family matters will presumably not get better.[26]

Trivia

  • Machi (with her face covered by her bangs) makes her first cameo appearance in the last two pages of Volume 7 (or Episode 25) along with Kakeru. She makes her official appearance in Volume 9 (or Season 2, Episode 1, when she meets Yuki.
  • She is in the same class as Hatsuharu Sohma and Momiji Sohma. It is mentioned that she sits behind Momiji in class, and thinks his rabbit backpack is cute.
  • Machi's favorite color appears to be red. Since Yuki's "color" in the student council is red, Kakeru teases Machi by saying that she likes red (as in, she likes Yuki).
    • Likewise, Machi's "color" is yellow as stated by Ayame.
  • She likes the fictional anime Mogeta, and treasures the two Mogeta figurines Yuki gifted her.
    • Her son, Mutsuki, also inherited a love for Mogeta.[23]
  • She has a habit of lifting things up in the air, especially if she loves them.
  • Machi was originally depicted with dark brown hair in the original manga, but she is illustrated with dark grey hair in the Collector's Edition edition. The anime adapted the latter colors.

References

  1. Fruits Basket Manga: Vol 9, Chapter 49
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fruits Basket Manga: Vol 15, Chapter 89
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Fruits Basket Manga: Vol 18, Chapter 102
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Fruits Basket Manga: Vol 16, Chapter 94
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fruits Basket Manga: Vol 17, Chapter 100
  6. Fruits Basket Manga: Vol 23, Chapter 135
  7. Fruits Basket Manga: Vol 7, Chapter 42
  8. Fruits Basket Manga: Vol 9, Chapter 49
  9. Fruits Basket Manga: Vol 12, Chapter 66
  10. Fruits Basket Manga: Vol 14, Chapter 73
  11. Fruits Basket Manga: Vol 14, Chapter 77
  12. Fruits Basket Manga: Vol 14, Chapter 81
  13. Fruits Basket Manga: Vol 14, Chapter 83
  14. Fruits Basket Manga: Vol 15, Chapter 87
  15. Fruits Basket Manga: Vol 19, Chapter 110
  16. Fruits Basket Manga: Vol 19, Chapter 112
  17. Fruits Basket Manga: Vol 21, Chapter 125
  18. Fruits Basket Manga: Vol 22, Chapter 128
  19. Fruits Basket Manga: Vol 21, Chapter 131
  20. Fruits Basket Manga: Vol 23, Chapter 134
  21. Fruits Basket Manga: Vol 23, Chapter 136
  22. Fruits Basket: The Three Musketeers Arc: Chapter 3
  23. 23.0 23.1 Fruits Basket Another: Vol 2, Bonus Manga 2
  24. Fruits Basket Another: Vol 1, Bonus Manga
  25. Fruits Basket Another: Vol 1, Chapter 2
  26. Fruits Basket Another: Vol 3, Chapter 11

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Fruits Basket Characters
Main Characters
Tohru Honda  •  Kyo Sohma  •  Shigure Sohma  •  Yuki Sohma
Sohma Family
Zodiacs
Akito Sohma  •  Ayame Sohma  •  Hatsuharu Sohma  •  Hatori Sohma  •  Hiro Sohma  •  Isuzu Sohma  •  Kagura Sohma  •  Kazuma's Grandfather  •  Kisa Sohma  •  Kureno Sohma  •  Kyo Sohma  •  Momiji Sohma  •  Ritsu Sohma  •  Shigure Sohma  •  Yuki Sohma
Others
Akira Sohma  •  Ayame and Yuki's Mother  •  Hajime's Daughter  •  Hinata Sohma  •  Kagura's Mother  •  Kana Sohma  •  Kazuma Sohma  •  Kisa's Mother  •  Kyo's Father  •  Kyo's Mother  •  Momo Sohma  •  Momiji's Mother  •  Momiji's Father  •  Okami Sohma  •  Ren Sohma  •  Satsuki Sohma  •  Tohru and Kyo's Son
Secondary Characters
Kaibara High School
Arisa Uotani  •  Hiroshi and Yusuke  •  Kakeru Manabe  •  Kimi Toudou  •  Machi Kuragi  •  Makoto Takei  •  Mai Gotou  •  Mai Iwata  •  Mayuko Shiraki  •  Mio Yamagishi  •  Minami Kinoshita  •  Motoko Minagawa  •  Naohito Sakuragi  •  Rika Aida  •  Saki Hanajima
Others
Akimoto  •  Delinquent Trio  •  God of The Chinese Zodiac  •  Katsuya Honda  •  Kyoko Honda  •  Komaki Nakao  •  Kunimitsu Tomoda  •  Machi's Mother  •  Megumi Hanajima  •  Mine Kuramae  •  Mitsuru  •  Saki's Father  •  Saki's Grandmother  •  Saki's Mother  •  Tohru's Grandfather  •  + Minor Characters
Fruits Basket Another
Main Characters
Sawa Mitoma  •  Hajime Sohma  •  Mutsuki Sohma
Sohma Family
Chizuru Sohma  •  Hibika Sohma  •  Kinu Sohma  •  Mina Sohma  •  Riku Sohma  •  Shiki Sohma  •  Sora Sohma
Students
Amane  •  Chiaki Hasada  •  Michi Manabe  •  Mio Hasegawa  •  Mito  •  Rio Mosca  •  Ruriko Kageyama
Others
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